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Matt Jorgensen: Painting With Sound

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Matt Jorgensen is a very busy man. A drummer and composer, he plays and records with a wide variety of musicians, including his own long-running quartet 451 and popular trumpeter and label-mate Thomas Marriott. Jorgensen also co-manages the Origin Records label, a thriving concern that has released over 300 discs since 1997, and that now encompasses ...

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Drummer Matt Jorgensen Interviewed at All About Jazz

Drummer Matt Jorgensen Interviewed at All About Jazz

Matt Jorgensen is a very busy man. A drummer and composer, he plays and records with a wide variety of musicians, including his own long-running quartet 451 and popular trumpeter and label-mate Thomas Marriott. Jorgensen also co-manages the Origin Records label, a thriving concern that has released over 300 discs since 1997, and that now encompasses two associated ...

Erik Telford: Kinetic

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From the vibrant music scene of Austin, Texas comes Kinetic, the excellent solo recording debut of trumpeter/bandleader Erik Telford. The album features seven memorable, groove-heavy original tunes by the leader, played by a crack ensemble that contributes characterful comping and soloing galore. The band's sound lies somewhere between that of Miles Davis's bands of the early ...

Hailey Niswanger: Confeddie

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To look at Confeddie, the new self-produced record by Hailey Niswanger with an artfully posed black-and-white photo of the doe-eyed, comely saxophonist on the cover, the thought that may come to mind is “Great, another Candy Dulfer." Never judge a CD by its cover, to paraphrase some wise man (or, more likely, wise woman) lost to ...

Rale Micic: 3

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Rale Micic has emerged over the past few years as one of the most interesting young guitarists on the New York City scene. Beginning with Bridges, a fantastic quintet date from 2003 featuring some exciting saxophone work from Bob Reynolds, and continuing on 2006's Serbia featuring the great Tom Harrell on trumpet, Micic has established a ...

Sherman Irby Quartet: Live At The Otto Club

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Live At The Otto Club is Sherman Irby's first live album with his quartet, and it would be hard to conjure up a more joyful example of seriously swinging jazz that sounds like a great lost classic from the heyday of hard bop. Though the liner notes seem to suggest that this was a bit of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Uros Markovic/Gospel Jazz Trio: Jesus Saves

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It's no secret that many roots of the jazz tree burrow deep into the church. There's more than a little gospel influence in the style of innumerable jazz artists, most noticeably in the work of pianists such as, for example, Oscar Peterson and Keith Jarrett. With drummers, perhaps, such traces are harder to discern, but in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sunburned Hand of the Man: Fire Escape

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Sunburned Hand of the Man is a loose collective of experimental musicians, centered around drummer John Moloney and bassist Robert Thomas, who have been hailed as leaders of the “new weird movement. Fire Escape treads the group's usual ground, harkening back to exploratory heavyweights of the 1970s such as Can, Popul Vuh and even the Grateful ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Lovano and Hank Jones: Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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Joe Lovano is an old-school saxophonist, a throwback to the golden age of jazz. While he has, of course, incorporated modern innovations introduced by saxophonists John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, as well as others into his style, his exuberant playing maintains a direct line through the history of jazz, incorporating swing, bebop, big band, and modal ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Joanna Newsom: Ys and The Ys Street Band

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Joanna Newsom
Ys/The Ys Street Band
Drag City
2006/2007



Joanna Newsom is not a jazz singer, to be sure. But neither is she a pop singer, nor simply a folk singer, even one with the back-handedly complimentary “freak sobriquet inserted as a prefix. No, Joanna Newsom is a ...